Unfetchable distfiles reminder

Ion-Mihai IOnut Tetcu itetcu at FreeBSD.org
Mon May 8 14:58:39 UTC 2006

On Mon, 08 May 2006 09:27:23 -0500
Paul Schmehl <pauls at utdallas.edu> wrote:

> Bill Fenner wrote:
> > Dear porters,
> > 
> >   This is just a reminder to please periodically check the list of
> > unfetchable distfiles at http://people.freebsd.org/~fenner/portsurvey/ .
> > In particular, the list of ports with no MAINTAINER with distfile
> > problems, which currently has 203 bad ports, is
> > 
> > http://people.freebsd.org/~fenner/portsurvey/ports@freebsd.org.html
> > 
> Rather than a list of ports with unfectchable distfiles and no 
> maintainer, this appears to be a list of every port.
> Is the link incorrect?  Or am I doing something wrong?

All ports are there with the status for all MASTER_SITES (plus WWW).
The bad ones are in red.

> > Since no one is responsible for these ports, the problem won't get
> > fixed unless someone on this list takes the initiative.
> > 
> >   In addition, the list of all ports with any unfetchable distfile is
> > 
> > http://people.freebsd.org/~fenner/portsurvey/bad.html
> > 
> I tackled a few of these yesterday, but all of them had maintainers.  (I 
> did seven, but one turned out to have already been done.)  Some of them 
> were pretty simple.  Some I declined to do because they required 
> extensive patching.  Are maintainers notified when their ports don't work?

Yes :) How fast they react is an other matter :-/

> I'd rather tackle ones without a maintainer, if I can get a valid list. 

/me (and jmelo) are your biggest fans for this kind of PRs, please CC
one of us on your PRs.

>   If the port doesn't have a maintainer and the software is no longer 
> available (I used both Google and searching around at the master site to 
> try and locate where the software had moved to), what should we do? 
> Mark the port as DEPRECATED and let the committers decide on an 

I'd say mark it DEPRECIATED if we have all DISTFILES on our ftp, if not
BROKEN. You can suggest an EXPIRATION DATE yourself.

IOnut - Un^d^dregistered ;) FreeBSD "user"
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